Prison Yard Festival: Music from within

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Prison Yard Festival: Music from within

West to east meanderings

Ligeti 100

Beethoven by Moonlight

Weekend Yard Music

Wong Time to Play

West-Eastern Divan Ensemble (Hong Kong Debut)

Tai Kwun Conversations

il Pomo d'Oro & Jakub Józef Orliński (Asian Debut)

Prison Yard Festival: Music from within 2022

Beethoven by moonlight

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Solitary reunion

Goldberg illuminations

LENK's Quartet for the End of Time

Prison Yard Festival: music from within (Jan 2022)

Date & Time

7 Dec 2022 7pm


Prison Yard




The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra traverses ancient and modern music through the evocative sound of Chinese stringed instruments. Over the course of this fascinating concert, some of Hong Kong’s finest instrumentalists draw the listener into the intimacy of their solo instruments before expanding to embrace the sweep of the larger ensemble, contrasting the poetic introspection of the soloist with the exuberant joy of the group, against the backdrop of Tai Kwun’s imposing Prison Wall.

Drawing on classics of Chinese traditional music and finding inspiration in nature and the moon, this concert gathers momentum as it heads towards its life-affirming climax when Hong Kong composer Ng Cheuk-yin’s Growth Ring commemorates the steps engraved as we overcome every one of life’s challenges.      





Hu DengtiaoA Joyful Evening (String Quintet)

Ancient MelodyThree Variations on Yangguan (String Quintet)

Xu JianqiangXiao-Ban (String Quintet)

Ng King PanRed Candles (Huqin Quartet)

- Intermission – (20 min)

Liu TianhuaBirdsong in the Mountain (Erhu Solo)

Ancient MelodyMoonlight over the Spring River (Pipa and Zheng)

Tan Kah YongLeslie Cheung Forever (Huqin Quartet)

Hua YanjunReflection of the Moon on the Water (Huqin Ensemble)

Ng Cheuk-yinGrowth Ring (Huqin Septet)

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes including a 20-minute intermission

Performed by

Zhang Chongxue (Erhu)

Xu Hui (Erhu)

Mao Qinghua (Zhonghu)

Wong Sum Ho (Gaohu)

Xiang Xuan (Zhonghu)

Tung Hiu Lo (Gehu)

Qi Hongwei (Bass Gehu)

Lee Meng-hsueh (Yangqin)

Zhang Ying (Pipa)

Ng Kai Hei (Zhongruan / Xiaoruan)

Fu Zifei (Zheng)

Ticket Discounts

Patrons may enjoy one of the below discount schemes for each purchase where applicable:

  • 40% off for Senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minder and full-time students. Available on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • 15% off for Tai Kwun Fans with valid discount code. Available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Prison Yard Festival Package Discount

  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 2 different concerts (10% off)
  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 3 different concerts (15% off)
  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 4 different concerts (20% off)
  • Each purchase of standard tickets for 5 different concerts (25% off)
  • These discounts do not include the concerts of "Il Pomo d'Oro & Jakub Józef Orliński"


  • For wheelchair user, please purchase tickets via URBTIX
  • Latecomers will be only be admitted at suitable time
  • Recommended for ages 6 and above


Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Life : Yan Huichang

Founded in 1977, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra has won the accolades as “a leader in Chinese ethnic music” and “a cultural ambassador of Hong Kong”. It is often invited to perform at famous venues and festivals all over the world, having covered Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and the Arctic Circle to date. It is therefore acclaimed as a leader among full-sized Chinese music ensembles in the international arena today. The Orchestra is set up in four sections: bowed-strings, plucked-strings, wind and percussion. The instruments include both the traditional and the improved, new versions: the bowed-string section has been using the Eco-Huqin series developed by the Orchestra since 2009. The HKCO performs both traditional Chinese music and contemporary, full-length works in a variety of musical formats and contents. It also explores new frontiers in music through commissioning over 2,400 new works of various types and styles, whether as original compositions or arrangements.